For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era… In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself.
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Mixed (59 reviews) - 69% of the 59 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,032 reviews) - 81% of the 1,032 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 28, 2010

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Stand-Alone version, The Guild II or any of its add-ons are not required to play this game.

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Buy The Guild Collection

Includes 4 items: The Guild Gold Edition, The Guild II, The Guild II - Pirates of the European Seas, The Guild II Renaissance

 

About This Game

For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era…

In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself. Due to trade and commerce an increasing middle class obtains more and more power and wealth. Entire towns purchase their freedom and more privileges from the nobility. Reading and writing is no longer the domain of the nobility and the clergy and the invention of printing information may eventually be spread everywhere. This is the beginning of the renaissance...

Features:

  • 8 completely new professions: mercenary, grave digger, stonemason, juggler, innkeeper, banker, miller and the fruit grower
  • New goods, buildings, ambient details and effects
  • All new scenarios ("Transylvania", "The Rhineland" and "The Alps") & bigger world maps
  • Improved AI, title and nobility system as well as new options (e.g. “God Measures”, levels of difficulty)

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 1.1
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Processor or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 2
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
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Mixed (59 reviews)
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Very Positive (1,032 reviews)
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Sunleader
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
An Oldie by now.
but still fairly immersive if you like this genre :)

The Guild puts you out into an Medieval City where you can well. Life :P
You buy Buildings, Get a Wife, Trade or Work and try to become Wealthy.
Either by legal or by not legal means :)
The Game is showings its age. So alot of stuff is not looking topnotch.
but its bearable and the options are pretty wide :)



give it a try :)
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Scott Sterling
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Started off as an assassin
Met a girl
Fell in love
Gave me three children
Wife was uneducated
Framed my wife for the murder of a rival leader
Went to court
Her low social skills didn't do her well.
Got her head cut off
10/10

The family lives on.
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Chizuuru
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
too glicthy.
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Tamerlane
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
What a gem.

Basically a nepotism merchant political simulator.

You pick your starting characters profession and earn income and influence based on that. Find a mate and produce an children who then be sent to different schools or apprenticeship to become like dear old Mom or Dad or another profession.

Buildings and production chain are a huge part of the game.

Run for office, sabotage other candidates and/or bribe influence to secure your seat. Each seat has it's own perks and abilities.
Run for Pope if you want.

In somewhat the same vein as Evil Genius.
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(no monitor) richard dickers au
( 69.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
very poor accommodations for the lgbtq+ community. no same-sex marriages allowed and only playable genders are cismale and cisfemale
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Plantman
( 100.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Own them all, but just buy this one. Didnt have any install problems like some comments say. Pretty fun game although I would say that being a criminal was almost too easy. Set up tolls everywhere and do some targetted ransoming of the ultra wealthy and very soon your on top. I mean VERY SOON if you go criminal. The other paths take your family and you to become wealthy.
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Mark Magin
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Played this game with all the proper patches. Found a cart that I sent to make a delivery stuck going around in circles. I uninstalled this game seconds later.
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Musta-Apila
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
The game is great, but really buggy. I have Windows 8 and it was really difficult to get this game to work in it.
Everything works fine when I start new game, but when I load saved game it crashes.. This is too much trouble for a game that cost 9,99€
I dot recommend this if you don’t have Vista or Windows® XP, or if you aren't wonder child of computers.
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grgazzels
( 394.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Its a great game that has elements of RPG, simulation, economy and lots of strategy. You can play as an out right criminal or try and be a legal businessman or women. You can play with all out force to elimanate your rivals or go a different route by building a economic power thru business and politics. But even then your rivals must be elimanated thru legal or illegal ways. Duels, false evidence or even real evidence and or bribes and blackmail. There are so many ways to play the game its hard not to find a gameplay that you like if you have decided to even look at these reviews.

Now with that said. If you decide to play there are a few must haves. Base game from steam. 2 patches, one from steam 4.21 or 4.211. Get 4.21 via steam and 4.211 from http://www.theguild3.info/filebase/file/27-the-guild-2-renaissance-patch/. I usually get both from that site. After that its highly suggested to go with either legacy or megamod. They are highly suggested to get rid of the bugs that occur with base game. If your not use to them its very easy and worth the few moments it takes to read on how to install. Even thou that the game was released in 2010 these 2 mods are being updated and even listen to and or add reasonable suggestions by us players.

If you are still on fence I would suggest to look at some videos on youtube. If still on the fence follow and wait for discount. If you feel the graphics are not to power of the current games, the possibilities far out weigh that. If I havent sold you on this game yet follow The Guild 3, Its currently being developed and from what I can see is farther along then many of the betas and early access games that I have tried or looked at. And they havent done that because they looking to release a solid game. And may be the game you are looking for.....

cheers
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Cotton_91
( 72.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Tony sucks at this game, He thinks hes the best but he actually sucks.
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rpg_gyrl
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This game is so good but has a few major flaws. For one it should be possible to manage more than 3 people at a time. Also it is very confusing to run so many buildings at once. I wish this game was still being updated because the potwntial for greatness is definitely there.
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Archxonuz
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Really awesome game but buggy ask freaking hell, but you can install mods for it that fix many problems.
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korta1337
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
This game is bae
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Dystopus
( 81.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
With Fajeth MegaMod Pack the game is awesome, combining:
1. life simulation,
2. RPG elements,
3. business managing,
4. politics and judiciary careers,
5. crafting...

Great experience, EXCEPT for it's still full of bugs! Crashing makes it very hard to bear... Otherwise, it would be really fun.

(on Win10, tried all kinds of compatibility mode)
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CoorsLightKing1
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
game is blah, no action only words and a world that doesnt make any connection to your existance. clunky user controls. i like many sim style games and i played this 2x and regret the purchase.
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Locksmith
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Really enjoy the game

Start the business from the bottom
Have a family
My son became adult and apply for political office
My son was murdered
Get angry
Become a king cause i kill the last queen
Took every rival shop by force

10/10 would become a tyrannous king again
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Staufer
( 30.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
A really entertaining medieval microeconomics game. It has its fair share of bugs, but the majority of those have been fixed by Steam beta updates and mods released by the ones behind the game themselves. It's fun, it's a good time, you can burn the businesses of people you don't like and it conveys economic truths in an easy-to-learn way. Must-have for people with at least a passing interest in economics - nevemind medieval/renaissance economics! All in all, can recommend.
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🌸🕇Vertigo Roulette🕇🌸
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
My rivals pludered my building, I rounded up 4 whole mercenary camps and Murdered their entire bloodline.
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Chicken the Conqueror
( 34.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Cool game that is combination economy games with RPG.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
394.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Its a great game that has elements of RPG, simulation, economy and lots of strategy. You can play as an out right criminal or try and be a legal businessman or women. You can play with all out force to elimanate your rivals or go a different route by building a economic power thru business and politics. But even then your rivals must be elimanated thru legal or illegal ways. Duels, false evidence or even real evidence and or bribes and blackmail. There are so many ways to play the game its hard not to find a gameplay that you like if you have decided to even look at these reviews.

Now with that said. If you decide to play there are a few must haves. Base game from steam. 2 patches, one from steam 4.21 or 4.211. Get 4.21 via steam and 4.211 from http://www.theguild3.info/filebase/file/27-the-guild-2-renaissance-patch/. I usually get both from that site. After that its highly suggested to go with either legacy or megamod. They are highly suggested to get rid of the bugs that occur with base game. If your not use to them its very easy and worth the few moments it takes to read on how to install. Even thou that the game was released in 2010 these 2 mods are being updated and even listen to and or add reasonable suggestions by us players.

If you are still on fence I would suggest to look at some videos on youtube. If still on the fence follow and wait for discount. If you feel the graphics are not to power of the current games, the possibilities far out weigh that. If I havent sold you on this game yet follow The Guild 3, Its currently being developed and from what I can see is farther along then many of the betas and early access games that I have tried or looked at. And they havent done that because they looking to release a solid game. And may be the game you are looking for.....

cheers
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I had sex with my sister in this game. Very nice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ up as a gangster shop owner.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Own them all, but just buy this one. Didnt have any install problems like some comments say. Pretty fun game although I would say that being a criminal was almost too easy. Set up tolls everywhere and do some targetted ransoming of the ultra wealthy and very soon your on top. I mean VERY SOON if you go criminal. The other paths take your family and you to become wealthy.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
What a gem.

Basically a nepotism merchant political simulator.

You pick your starting characters profession and earn income and influence based on that. Find a mate and produce an children who then be sent to different schools or apprenticeship to become like dear old Mom or Dad or another profession.

Buildings and production chain are a huge part of the game.

Run for office, sabotage other candidates and/or bribe influence to secure your seat. Each seat has it's own perks and abilities.
Run for Pope if you want.

In somewhat the same vein as Evil Genius.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Started off as an assassin
Met a girl
Fell in love
Gave me three children
Wife was uneducated
Framed my wife for the murder of a rival leader
Went to court
Her low social skills didn't do her well.
Got her head cut off
10/10

The family lives on.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
The game is great, but really buggy. I have Windows 8 and it was really difficult to get this game to work in it.
Everything works fine when I start new game, but when I load saved game it crashes.. This is too much trouble for a game that cost 9,99€
I dot recommend this if you don’t have Vista or Windows® XP, or if you aren't wonder child of computers.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Most people will not give this game the time needed to really appreciate it. The games official genre is a 'historic economy simulation' but there are so many other things that can be done...

Basically you pick a class (Patron, Scholar, Rogue or Craftsman), each class has its own line of goods it can produce - the twist being that most products rely on a good or component from another's class to complete its higher end goods (ex; Armorers need cow hides from Patrons to complete leather armor; Churches need lumber from woodcutters to produce their parchments).

But then there is another section of the game where you can rise in political power; its seat you hold has different perks (ex; Guild master can control finance; Head of church controls the tithe; Head of Law can set the severity of trial outcomes) each of these positions can be used for your own personal gain like sending people to the dungeon for a week's time which causes them to miss a court appearance where they might potentially get you convicted of a crime or making them miss an election where you can take their seat). You can also hire henchmen as security, to burn down your rivals' business...all sorts of wicked stuff.

This all comes at a price, which is time. Everything takes time, naturally. Crops take time to grow, then takes time to process crops (raw materials) into, say, wheat flour which would then be used to make bakery items, church items, etc. This brings into play the economy of supply and demand, where if you're smart and resourceful enough, you can corner the market for really large profits in any particular city. Then of course there are the rogues who rob, kindnap and plunder everyone, everywhere.

In short this is a very ambitious game that covers alot of different genres...successfully. The problem with this ambitious project is that it comes at the cost- the price being eye-candy. To say the graphics engine is dated is almost a compliment, but anyone who can appreciate all the stuff jammed into this game will (hopefully) understand that games that are really pretty to look at are really shallow in gameplay.

The game is awesome and very deep, but it's also not for everyone.

THE GOOD
- Innovative blend of role-playing, real-time strategy, and economic-sim genres
- lots of detail and a great medieval atmosphere

THE BAD
- Repetitive gameplay
- Really heavy on micromanagement
- Limited character interaction
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
A ways into the early phase of the game, I had a son named Edric.

At the age of 18, Edric was ready to be married. Edric looks into the book of potential marriage candidates and finds the perfect match. It's a wealthy 42 year old woman named Myrtle. She seems out of his league, but Edric has a plan.

That evening, Myrtle attends her daily church services. Edric attends as well and takes a seat next to Myrtle. He leans over and whispers "My grain is not moldy!" Needless to say, they were married the next day.

10/10
Still a better love story than Twilight
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Killed a guy in office because I wanted in office

10/10 would wipe out another family again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
It looks like the recent patch definitely fixed a common bug that caused multiplayer to permanently freeze up. This stand-alone expansion to The Guild II is one of the most detailed and involved games I have ever played. Own shops, get married, have children, play generations, get involved in politics, trading. I've played this game long before I got it (again, yes I paid at least twice for this) on Steam. It is an amazing, fantastic game. I do not know how it is not more popular. Maybe now with the bug fixes it will be. They are also in the process of making Guild III. Stop reading this and go purchase nad play this game now!!! You won't regret it! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Please buy this game with caution!
I found it to be a great game, indepth gameplay, only bad part was it feels very "ant farm". You place buildings in the world, operate them an watch them churn out dollars, to buy more buisness and repeat etc etc etc. I give it a 7 out of 10. Reason for a cautious buy is it still suffers from crashes, the Guild3 will be here in 2016 anyways so save your pennys for that!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
the game is great the engine is ♥♥♥♥ though
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The concept of this game is amazing, hopefully we'll see more games like this in the future.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
i recommend this if you want to play alone.

bought 2 of this to play with my friend.
multiplayer is fine at times, but we get random out of sync error.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
This is so medieval fun I can't stress enough :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
By far one of the most fun rpg/sim/management games ive ever played. It was extremely satisfying when all my political intrigue payed off and i was the king with family in every important position. It was a sad time when my starting character finally passed away. The only downside is how your limited to control 3 dynasty members at a time and once you "retire", or decide to stop using one, you cannot play as them again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
VERY SIMS. I LIKE
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
It's RPG + Simulation + City Building + Economy + Politic.

The game lack of tutorial, watch basic guide first before you jump in.

have a few bug here and there but still playable.

Common issue:

1. when you alt + tab then get into the game again the sapebar is not working.
Solution:
Press alt again, the spacebar will work .

2. When you're on pause, then you click on the cart then click on the unload button and it's destination. It'll open the destination building menu and will not give you option to unload the item.

Solution: If you notice, when you're on pause all things getting slow. When you click on unload button, wait for below title bar show choose destination before you click on the building. Or you can just change the speed for a while.
If it keep opening the building menu, press escape then back to the game again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
The Guild II Renaissance is currently on sale for around 2 USD. For that price you can probably afford the risk if you think this kind of game matches your game preferences. Be aware though that this game is single-player only. The original, The Guild Gold Edition, is currently on sale for the same price, and that one is multi-player. I don't own the Steam edition of the original, but I do remember it being really good multi-player entertainment.

Edit: A kind reader left a notice that actually The Guild II Renaissance do have LAN support for multi-player games. You can for instance use Hamachi or similar software to play it with friends.
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